As part of this, some 27 British scientists received £350,000 ($520,000) from the multinational corporation.
London: Coca-Cola has spent close to £8.9 million over the past five years funding top British scientists carrying out research on the relation between healthy eating and aerated drinks.
An investigation by the Times found the soft drinks giant has given “professional fees” to several scientists and researchers, some of whom have cast their doubts.
As part of this, some 27 British scientists received £350,000 ($520,000) from the multinational corporation. Coca-Cola disclosed data on its website on Friday showing that eight scientists who advise the government on healthy eating also received fees or travel expenses from the company. Not all of the researchers denied sugary drinks are linked to obesity.
Coca-Cola paid £8.9 million to organisations carrying out studies on obesity and promoting scientific research, including the British Nutrition Fou-ndation (£224,769), the Na-tional Obesity Forum (£67,300) and the Science Media Centre (£30,000), which promotes the “voices and views of the UK scientific community to the news media.”
Imperial College professor Alan Boobis said he received less than £3,000 a year in fees to appear in videos sponsored by Coca-Cola.